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Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Reject poverty pay! Vote Yes x 2 today!

Let me be clear, industrial action is not an easy choice; there are many uncertainties and fears in a situation like this. However there is one certainty: If we fail to return a strong vote in favour of strike action then we are opening the doors to long-term poverty pay in Bakkavor. 

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests.  That means campaigning for better pay, conditions and job security for you - that’s why we are campaigning for YES x 2 in our ballot!

Bakkavor is a market leader in its field because of the work you put in. You deserve the proper recognition and reward for that work, not poverty pay for long hours.

But your employer is refusing to do the right thing. Instead of working with us to resolve this dispute, they have resorted to dirty tricks to try and break our ballot. Over the last week, your employer has:

  • Held ‘company updates’ to coerce members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Written to hourly paid staff to urge members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Removed GMB Scotland campaigning materials from noticeboards; and
  • Thrown GMB Scotland officials from the site to prevent member engagement.

Make no mistake, Bakkavor is in full damage limitation mode and are trying to impose poverty pay. So much so that their letter to hourly paid staff admits the only way you will receive a decent pay rise is by trading away your hard-fought terms and conditions.  Your employer claims:

We want to increase the hourly rate of pay along with looking at the complete employee proposition

This is entirely transparent. The next thing on the agenda will be your overtime rates, your sick pay and whatever else can help reduce Bakkavor’s obligations to its workforce while maintaining its global profits of £1.8 billion, giving with one hand and taking with the other. It’s not on!

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful. 

No credible union would accept this, which is why we are urging you to vote YES x 2! By doing so, you will send a loud and clear message to your employer that you want a negotiated offer that recognises and rewards the work you do instead of poverty pay.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Don’t be taken by your employer’s fear-mongering.  Let’s campaign together, stay strong and Vote Yes x 2!  

If you have any questions or queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Only by voting YES x 2 can we reject poverty pay in Bakkavor!

 

Dear GMB member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Mon 13 Aug – Mon 3 Sep

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff. This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

• For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less than the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and

• For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and it’s shameful.

That’s why we are now moving to a full industrial action ballot of our members.


You will be asked:


• Are you prepared to take part in strike action?


• Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike
?

GMB is strongly urging you to VOTE YES x 2 and send a clear message to Bakkavor that you reject poverty pay.

Remember, only GMB members can participate in this ballot and only GMB members will be afforded legal protection during any strike or industrial action. If you know a colleague that is not a member of GMB, they can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Notice of Industrial Action Ballot

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we have been campaigning against the poverty pay offer made by your employer for 2018.

No credible trade union could possibly accept a pitiful 2 pence an hour increase for their lowest paid members, never mind a below inflation offer for every member of the hourly paid staff.

But the fact is that your employer is refusing to listen to your calls for a decent wage by raising their 2.25 per cent offer, despite being resoundingly rejected by 98 per cent of GMB members.  That’s why we will now move to a full industrial action ballot.

Today (Monday 6 August), we served your employer with the statutory notice period required in advance of an industrial action ballot. This comes on the same day that Bakkavor management removed our GMB campaigning literature from the site notice board – a shameful act.

Updates will follow later this week of the full schedule but you will be asked two questions as we campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor:

·    Are you prepared to take part in strike action?

·    Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

GMB will urge you to vote YES and YES!

Ahead of the ballot, please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb
Only GMB members can take part in our ballot. If any non-union staff wish to join GMB then they can do so today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Update

The count is in and the message is clear.

GMB members in Bakkavor Bo’ness have spoken and overwhelmingly rejected the insulting offer from management by 98%!

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff, which when all things considered meant an increase of only 2p p/h for Grade SO4.

This is below inflation and beyond the pale. It means our hardworking members have to maintain the same high standards of work while having less money in real terms in their pay packet.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and why so many of you voted to reject the pay offer!

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

I will be in touch soon with details of our next steps but please keep in mind that I am guided by you, the GMB members, and nothing will happen without you making the decision.

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Workplace Ballot Wed 18 to Sat 21 July – Vote Reject!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff.  This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

  • For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and
  • For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour

more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

When your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour (or an increase of just 0.25 %), then we can only strongly urge our members to REJECT this.

That’s why we are launching a workplace consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness. This will take place from Wednesday 18 July until Saturday 21 July. Workplace meetings will also take place on Thursday 19 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s pay offer, which will only deliver a 2 pence or 0.25% increase for the lowest paid staff in Bo’ness?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: VOTE ‘REJECT’! Workplace Consultative Ballot Tue 10th to Sat 14th July

Due to the hot weather, the orders from Marks and Spencer’s have increased next week so we have agreed to the company’s request to delay our consultative ballot for one week.  

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. We campaign to negotiate more pay, equality and security in your workplace.

So when your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour, then a vote to ‘REJECT’ it is the only credible option.

That’s why we are launching a consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness over your employer’s pay offer for 2018.

This will take place in your workplace, across all shifts, starting at 10AM on Tuesday 10 July and ending at 6PM on Saturday 14 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot – Reject Poverty Pay!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of the living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.
It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly-paid staff. This is a below inflation offer for all hourly-paid staff, forcing everyone to work just as hard but for less money in real terms.

Let’s put this into context…

For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75.

For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This isn’t just pay that fails to meet the basic cost of living. This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

That’s why GMB Scotland will launch of full consultative workplace ballot of our membership, which will run from 10AM Tuesday 3 July until 6PM Saturday 7 July.
You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is strongly urging you to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor! Vote REJECT in the upcoming consultative ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - 2018/19 Pay Talks Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests!

Over the last couple of months your GMB Reps have been negotiating with management on your behalf.

Sadly the company is still insisting that 2.25 percent is as high as they can go. They justify this by stating that sales are down by 7% over the last 3 years and that the loss of potatoes and parsnips will account for a reduction in turnover by about 15%.
This is troubling news but let’s be clear, it is not the responsibility of the hard pressed workers in Bakkavor Bo’ness to pay the price for this bad news.

When you look at the following increases in the cost of living:

  • 2% increase in pension contributions
  • 3% increase in council tax
  • 5.5% price increase to gas and electricity
  • petrol prices at their highest in 3 years
  • inflation running at close to 3%

Do the company seriously think that an offer of 2.25% is credible! GMB is campaigning for your employer to think again.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Important 2018/19 Pay Claim Update!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

Over the last few weeks we have conducted mass-meetings with members and workers following an initial meeting with Bakkavor management earlier this month concerning your 2018/19 pay deal.

We’d like to thank you for your participation and your feedback couldn’t be clearer: Pay is the priority - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for GMB members!

GMB takes a no-nonsense approach to our representations. That’s why we will now submit a claim for a straight-forward £1 an hour increase across all four grades within the hourly paid bargaining unit for 2018/19.

It is vital that we continue growing our trade union in Bakkavor to be bigger and better. More members means more strength and more money in your pocket. Be assured that we’re not interested bargaining away hard fought terms and conditions for extra pennies. Growth is key!

And with Bakkavor recently confirming eye-watering group revenues of £1.8 billion it’s clear that business is booming and your employer can more than meet our expectations.

Our next meeting with Bakkavor management is scheduled for Thursday 22 March.

Again, you need to be engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email

gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is calling for a £1 an hour increase across the hourly paid bargaining unit - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for our members!

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Make Work Pay! 2018/19 Pay Survey & Negotiations

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For years now, GMB Scotland members have been the backbone of Bakkavor’s success – your work and skills have helped transform the business into the market leader in fresh prepared foods (FPF).

Last year, we campaigned together to deliver the highest pay award ever negotiated by a trade union within Bakkavor. We also defended your terms and conditions and brought forward the pay anniversary date to April. 

By defending your interests and sticking together, we stood-up to management, grew pay and grew our trade union. A good start, but we still have more to do.

Ahead of the publication of its official figures on Wednesday 28 February, Bakkavor expects its group revenues to increase by 4.6 per cent to an eye-watering £1.84 billion. Your employer has acknowledged “continued progress” – business is booming.

But for workers, times are tough. Recently the cost of living in the UK reached a six year high and currently stands at 3 per cent CPI. So, anything less than the rate of inflation is a real-term pay cut for workers.

This sets the backdrop to our meeting with management on Monday 12 February and for our workplace visits thereafter (schedule to be confirmed shortly), where we will hold mass meetings and conduct our pay survey in support of our claim for 2018/19.

Our challenge to Bakkavor is clear: Make work pay for GMB members.

Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will be in regular contact with members via email, SMS and on-site too as our campaign to make work pay gets underway.

It is vital that you are fully engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. There has never been a better a time to be part of our union in Bakkavor. If you aren’t already a member you can join today - https://www.gmb.org.uk/join/join-online - and let’s campaign to make work pay!

 

Additional Resources

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Reject Poverty Pay!

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GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Flyer

2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot

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